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West African Proverbs 1

West African Proverbs Part 1 – Proverbs from around West Africa, including Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Gambia and Liberia. Use the page links at the bottom to navigate.

Liberian Proverbs

  1. It is only out of ignorance that a rat would attack a cat.
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: Liberia
  2. One finger cannot destroy a place, but show a place to a destroyer.
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: Liberia
  3. No matter how long the rain falls, the sun is sure to shine.
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: Liberia
  4. If a cat is the only barber in the city, then the rat will surely grow an Afro.
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: Liberia
  5. A good hunter knows which deer to kill.
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: Liberia
  6. No matter how far a donkey travels from home, it never comes back as a horse.
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: Liberia
  7. If you make friends with the boatman in the dry season, you will be the first to cross when the rains come and the tide is high.
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: Liberia
  8. If the hunter thinks he is clever, the bush fowl is even more clever.
    In original language: Kutori serere, impenta serere
    Community/language of origin: Liimba
    Country: Liberia
  9. If you are small, do not go for big things that will outweigh you. Go instead for what you can manage.
    Community/language of origin: Unknown
    Country: Liberia

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